River cruising has become one of the hottest ways to see the world, and there is little to wonder about why. With the unparalleled ease of unpacking once and being conveniently close to major cities as well as small villages, there is little doubt that river cruising will continue to prove exceptionally popular. Some river cruise companies, of course, offer more than others, and the award-winning Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Line leads the way in luxury river cruising. Like their sister company, The Red Carnation Hotel Collection, Uniworld deserves every award they’ve received for quality and service.
As the only authentic boutique cruise line™ in the world, and as the only luxury river cruise line named to Condé Nast Traveler’s prestigious Gold List, Uniworld has a lot to be proud of. Uniworld also received Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Award for “World’s Top Small Ship Line” and won “Best River Ships” in their Readers’ Poll, which ranked River Beatrice and River Duchess the #1 and #2 river ships in the world. The fabulous newly christened S.S. Antoinette, designed and decorated in the spirit of France's spectacular Versailles, is sure to garner its own share of awards for 2011.
The River Beatrice is an excellent example of the stellar care and service you’ll receive on any of Uniworld’s boutique river cruises. When you enter the Beatrice’s gorgeous two-story lobby, you are greeted by the charming and attentive staff (including the captain!), and the stage is set for the unfolding of your pleasure-filled river cruise along Europe’s enchanting Danube river. You only have to gaze at your surroundings throughout the lobby and the entire ship to fully understand that Uniworld spared no expense in creating the ultra-luxurious River Beatrice—embodying grace, beauty, refinement, and comfort.
After one night in your magnificent riverview stateroom, you’ll understand why sailing with Uniworld is truly the best way to see the world. Rated “Top Cabins” by Zagat Survey®, an elegantly appointed boutique stateroom comes standard with Uniworld—as does the ever-changing breathtaking river scenery. Each stateroom has all the comforts necessary for a restful retreat. Every evening, you’ll look forward to curling up in your handcrafted Savoir® of England bed draped in sumptuous high-thread count 100% Egyptian combed cotton sheets, along with an array of pillow options. The luxurious marble bathrooms are stocked with L’Occitane products, plush towels, and soft, comfy robes. As you sip your morning coffee and admire the sun rising from your picture window or French balcony, you’ll know you made the right choice with Uniworld.
When it comes to dining, Uniworld clearly goes the extra mile to provide their guests with a truly remarkable experience. Uniworld is acknowledged in Zagat Survey® and Cruise International for “Top Dining”—and after experiencing one perfectly prepared and presented meal, it’s clear why they have been bestowed these honors. Superb meals are flawlessly prepared using the finest local ingredients—fine cuts of meats and seafood along with tasty side dishes—and menus are designed to reflect regional cuisine. Always included with lunch and dinner onboard the Uniworld-owned ships are European fine wines and a selection of beer and soft drinks served by an attentive, caring staff. Of course, every meal concludes with a wide range of freshly prepared, decadent desserts that look every bit as delicious as they taste. The sumptuous meals can also be specially prepared or adapted to suit the tastes and needs of Uniworld guests.
Uniworld Boutique River Cruises also pioneered the exclusive Epicurean Adventurer Program™, which is included at no extra charge in your cruise fare. This program is designed to take you deeper into the wonderful world of wine and expand your knowledge of its relationship between wine and food. This special program is available on 17 European itineraries, features a wonderful meal with regional food and wine pairings, an onboard culinary demonstration, and a private wine tasting onshore.
Other pioneering innovations that have helped make Uniworld the leader in luxury cruises are their "Choice is Yours, "Go Active," and "Gentle Walking" options on the included excursions, and exclusive customized excursions available only to Uniworld guests, including wine tastings in castles with royalty, guided art tours, archaeological visits, and much more. Uniworld also offers an incredibly popular selection of "Multigenerational Family-Friendly Cruises" for guests who wish to share the gift of travel with their younger family members. These summer cruises feature special tours and activities for the entire family.
If you’re looking to relax and unwind after an exhilarating day of sightseeing, indulge with a relaxing massage or one of the many other treatments onboard with Uniworld’s Serenity River Spa™. Uniworld uses only the finest selection of natural and organic products sourced from around the world, so all you need to do is breathe deep and enjoy. What could be better?
Feeling active? Hop on one of Uniworld’s complimentary bikes or take a pair of Nordic walking sticks and head out to discover the breathtaking scenery of the countryside. Or, you can always work out in the onboard fitness center, complete with cardiovascular equipment and weights. Many of the ships also offer yoga!
Uniworld’s luxurious boutique river ships feature an average capacity of 130 guests, included shore excursions, world-class gourmet cuisine, and award-winning hospitality. Uniworld offers over 500 departures sailing on over 13 rivers in more than 20 countries throughout Europe, Russia, Egypt, China, Vietnam, and Cambodia.
For more information, please call Uniworld at 800-733-7820 or visit www.uniworld.com.